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It is unclear if Narcan (naloxone) passes through breast milk. However, this medication is not absorbed well into the bloodstream when swallowed, so it is thought that it would be unlikely to cause problems in a nursing infant. Before using Narcan while breastfeeding, discuss the potential risks and benefits with your healthcare provider.


Can Breastfeeding Women Use Narcan?

Narcan® (naloxone hydrochloride) is a prescription narcotic antagonist. It blocks the effects of certain narcotic medications. It is unknown if Narcan passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, talk to your healthcare provider before using this medicine.

More Information on Narcan and Breastfeeding

Narcan has not been studied in breastfeeding women. Therefore, it is unknown if the drug passes through breast milk. The manufacturer recommends this medicine be used with caution in women who are breastfeeding.
However, Narcan is not absorbed well into the bloodstream when swallowed. Therefore, it would be unlikely to cause problems in a nursing infant. In general, this drug is probably safe for use while breastfeeding.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should discuss breastfeeding and Narcan use with your healthcare provider. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
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